Quotes from Rumi on Life – Part 4 of my Rumi series

Hello there, everybody, this is Clark and welcome to my site. I have written three articles on the sayings of Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet. Below we look at two more quotes from Rumi on life and living, and who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired after this to begin doing the self-help practices that you’ve put off for so long. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

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“When you are everywhere you are nowhere. When you are somewhere you are everywhere.”

This is a tough one. The on-the-surface explanation seems to be: Don’t try to do too much at once. Or you could have many projects, but whenever you’re working on a particular project give your full attention to it and don’t keep thinking of all the other projects.

I like to link it to Eckhart Tolle and what he taught readers in his book The Power of Now. If you are familiar with Eckhart’s teachings, you would know that they are focused on being in the present moment (as the title of the book suggests). Being in the present moment is associated with non-thought, or at least less thought. Less thinking is said to connect you to who you really are, and that is the divine.

My ENLIGHTENMENT series is largely based off what I understand about Eckhart’s teachings. You may read it in your free time.

So if that’s true then Rumi might be alluding to less thinking. It is said that when one frees up the space that was previously used for thinking, the divine can enter and guide one in thoughts and actions. Whatever one thinks or does that is accompanied by the wisdom of the divine is unimaginably powerful, and in no time at all you could find your life experiencing a 360 degree improvement.

“Appear as you are, and be as you appear.”

This is simple enough. Be real. Don’t be scared of being yourself. You don’t have to dumb yourself down or try to make yourself seem smart and capable. Just be yourself. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re wealthy, but don’t shove your wealth down other people’s throats.

Don’t act differently because you think others expect you to behave in a certain way. Don’t say things that you don’t believe just to please someone, but also don’t force others to accept your opinion. Because this goes both ways.

I used to conform to people’s expectations when I was working in the office. My boss’ expectations, plus the other big shots in the company. I thought they are full of wisdom and only want the best for me. And I should listen and learn from them. But thankfully I grew up, and I find them to be not as great as I thought they were. Worse still, I realized that some even try to control you by wielding their influence from their position of authority. Be yourself, because there is nothing wrong with you.

Had Enough? I Want More!

I would love to explore more of Rumi’s wise quotes through articles like this. Also, maybe I’ll start to dissect sayings of other people that I find to be profound. Let me know some of your favorite Rumi sayings below, as well as your interpretation of them and the wisdom you got out of it. It’s goodbye for now, and I’ll see you in the next one!

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